Lassi Rautiainen managed to capture moments of this unique friendship in the wilds of northern Finland.
In school, we were taught of the food chain and that there exists a certain order to how things run in the wild. Basically, we were taught about animals and their nature. However, sometimes it just so happens that unlikely things just happen and there's no stopping it.
For Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he stumbled upon an extraordinary friendship. Lassi managed to capture a unique friendship between a female grey wolf and a male brown bear in his photos.
He spent nearly 10 days following him in 2013 and he managed to capture them walking everywhere together, hunting as a team and even sharing their spoils.
The pictures made it seem like both of them actually enjoyed each other's company—even though bears are known to hunt alone and wolves with their packs.
The 56-year-old photographer, who managed to capture this bond through photographs in the wilds of northern Finland, told Daily Mail in 2013, "No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends. I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone."
"It seems to me that they feel safe being together, and so every evening met up for their dinner."
They would stay in each other's company for hours, and they always spent the time from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. together. It definitely seems like the world is full of surprises.
Funnily enough, no one really knows how the bear and wolf met, let alone how they became such thick friends.
"When I realized that no one had observed bears and wolves living near each other and becoming friends in Europe, I concentrated more and more on getting pictures to show what can happen in nature," he said.
"Then I came across these two and knew that it made the perfect story. It's very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this. It's very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this," he added.
Well, it surely is a beautiful bond that bloomed between two unexpected sources.